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Throat tightness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 25, 2011
  • 10:45 PM

My 19 year old son has been experiencing throat tightness for the past 6 days. It feels as if someone is squeezing his throat. I rushed him to the ER, thinking the worst. They sent him home with valium, saying nothing was wrong. They did run labs of red/white cells and electrolytes (normal). Then took him to an allergist who put a camera up his nose, into the throat. Found his throat to be inflammed (voice box area) and a bit of GERD. Said he has "Paradoxical Vocal Cord Dysfunction", which needs to be treated by a speech therapist so he can learned techniques to relax the throat (we are still waiting for insurance approval). As a mom, I'm not buying this diagnoses. He has had an "attack" everyday and everyone around him tells him to "relax" or "breathe". He was a normal young man 6 days ago and now this. In the past he has had some throat tightness when he works out, but not to where it feels as if his throat is going to close. He does not have asthma. Has anyone ever experienced this type of problem? I have no clue as to what else it could be, but I know that my son can't go through life experiencing this feeling everyday. In the 6 days that this has been going on, his demeanor has changed and I'm really worried. And he's really stressed because he is headed back to college soon and can't leave with this problem. Thanks for any advice!

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